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Just for Fun

For your enjoyment, here is a comic about e-books from Jeffrey Koterba.  The original can be found on and is used with permission.  As a kid, Jeff began drawing cartoons as an escape from the pandemonium surrounding him—a house filled with broken TVs his dad fixed and sold for extra money. A jazz drummer whose big dreams never panned out, his dad displayed tics—symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome, a condition Jeff inherited. From the canyons of electronics and discouragement great and small, emerged a young man determined to follow his creative spirit to grand heights. He found himself on a journey back to the father he once longed to escape. Inklings is an exuberant, heart-felt memoir infused with a uniquely irresistible optimism.

His memoir Inklings is available on 

Comic featuring two men in a fancy home library. There shelves are bare with the exception of three ebook readers. One man says, "Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader...I say Hardick, this sure is an impressive library."

10 Ways the Library Transforms your Academic Journey

Dear Students:

It’s National Library Week and this year’s theme is Libraries Transform. During this week of celebration, we want to share with you 10 ways the library can transform your academic journey.

1. Vast resources
Our library offers a growing collection of 150+ research databases, containing over 60,000 journals, 250,000 e-books, and millions of theses and dissertations from universities worldwide. Start searching here.

 2. Trusted researchLibraries Transform logo

The library provides access to academic, scholarly resources that offer accurate information to support your research.

 3. Personal service

We provide quality, friendly service. Our librarians are available to meet with you individually, and are willing to work around your busy schedule. Librarian assistance is available by email ( and phone (513-487-1487). Schedule your appointment today.

 4. Work from the convenience of home

The library offers students flexibility and convenience that is only a click away. You don’t have to find a parking space, or physically search for books.

 5. Citations made easy

Working with the APA or MLA citation styles? Our databases have citation tools that will automatically format citations for your bibliography.

6. Stay current

Librarians can help you identify the top journals in your field. With database journal alerts, new journal issues will be delivered directly to your inbox. Sign up today.

 7. Interlibrary loan

Need a book or article that is not in the library? Place an interlibrary loan request and we will get it from another library for free!

 8. Career & job search

Looking for a job or polishing your professional skills? The library has hundreds of resources that offer the knowledge and tools to help you on your search.

9. Support 

Don’t go it alone. Facing a daunting paper? Librarians are ready to help you think it through and find the sources you need to ace your assignment. Let’s start that project together.

 10: Just for fun

We think research is fun. To help you improve your research skills and have fun, we developed a treasure hunt with six clues hidden throughout the library website.

Matt Pappathan

Matthew Pappathan

Director of Library Services

Union Institute & University



Foxtrot Wikipedia Comic

For your enjoyment, here is Wikipedia Comic by Foxtrot author Bill Amend.  To find more fun Foxtrot comics, please visit!  When your done, watch the video below to learn about the ways you CAN use Wikipedia as part of the research process.

super genius 5th grader Jason at the computer.

© Bill Amend. Foxtrot Comics. Used with permission.

Using Wikipedia for Academic Research by Michael Baird (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Librarians Who Changed History

Here is a list of 25 librarians who changed history for better and for worse from Laura Mulligan’s former OnlineBestColleges blog.

Librarian letters made of books

1. Ben Franklin: Ben Franklin didn’t sit behind a circulation desk and help college kids find research materials, but he is still a legitimate librarian. In 1731, Franklin and his philosophy group Junto organized the “Articles of Agreement,” which set up the nation’s first library. Their library, called The Library Company, was first meant to benefit only the members of Junto, so that they could share books on the issues they discussed during meetings. It was organized as a subscription library, and members of Junto payed a small fee to retrieve books.
Franklin was actually the second librarian, and the Company grew to include more books than most university libraries at the time, plus artifacts like coins and fossils. Over time, The Library Company granted access to members of the Second Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention and others.

2. Melvil Dewey: Founder of the Dewey Decimal System, Melvil Dewey was born in New York in 1851. While a student at Amherst College, he worked in the school library to support his living expenses and stayed on as a librarian after graduation. After experimenting with different cataloging and organization methods for library collections, Amherst College published his work A Classification and Subject Index for Cataloguing and Arranging the Books and Pamphlets of a Library. Dewey has been named the “Father of Modern Librarianship” and even helped created the American Library Association in 1876.

3. Eratosthenes: The Greek scholar Eratosthenes discovered the system of latitude and longitude and made significant contributions to astronomy. Eratosthenes was also the chief librarian of the Great Library of Alexandria.

4. Saint Lawrence: As one of the patron saints of librarians, Saint Lawrence, or Lawrence of Rome, was a Catholic deacon who was killed by the Romans in 258 for refusing to turn over the collection of Christian treasures and documents he was entrusted to protect.

5. Mao Zedong: Mao Zedong, the man responsible for uniting China during the 1940s and 50s when he organized the People’s Republic of China, was a librarian. In 1918, Mao lived in Peking China as a young man, he was as assistant librarian at Peking University. The chief librarian at Peking University was a Marxist, and succeeded in converting Mao to communism.

6. Seyd Mohammad Khatami: Seyd Mohammad Khatami was the fifth president of Iran and a former Iran Minister of Culture. He is also a former head of the National Library and Archives Organisation of Iran. He is considered to be a reformist in Iranian culture and politics, supporting freedom of expression and foreign diplomacy.

7. Golda Meir: Golda Meir was the fourth prime minister of Israel, from 1969-1974. She was also one of the twenty-four who signed the Israeli declaration of independence in 1948; am ambassador to the Soviet Union; Minister of Labour from 1949-1956, and the inspiration for the Broadway play Golda, which starred Anne Bancroft. Before her distinguished political career, however, Golda Meir worked as a librarian.

8. J. Edgar Hoover: As the legendary director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover led domestic investigations from 1924-1972, as head of the Bureau of Investigation and when he founded the FBI in 1935. In his early life, however, Hoover went to night school at George Washington University and supported himself by working at the Library of Congress. There, he was a messenger, cataloguer and clerk. In 1919, Hoover left the Library of Congress and worked as a special assistant to the Attorney General.

9. John J. Beckley: John J. Beckley is recognized as being the first political campaign manager in the U.S. He was also the first Librarian of the United States Congress, serving from 1802-1807. In 1789, he was sponsored by James Madison to be the Clerk of the House and supported the new Republic party in 1792, backed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

10. Giacomo Casanova: The infamous spy, writer, diplomat and lover Casanova was born in Venice during the first half of the 18th century. Although he studied to become a priest at the University of Padua and the seminary of St. Cypria, Casanova is well-known for being a drinker and for having scandalous love affairs with numerous women. Later in life, he worked as a librarian for the Count of Waldstein in Dux, Bohemia.

11. Pope Pius XI, or Achille Ratti: Pope Pius XI served from 1929 -1939, during which time he established the feast of Christ the King and spoke out against social justice crimes and unethical financial corruption practices. Before he became pope, Ratti was a librarian and scholar, and at the Vatican, Pope Pius XI famously reorganized the archives.

12. David Hume: Scotsman David Hume contributed greatly to 18th century philosophy and economics, writing important works like Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and A Treatise on Human Nature. He was an anti-Mercantilist, and according to The New School, Hume “was also one of the better articulators of the Quantity Theory and the neutrality of money.” In 1752, Hume became a librarian at the Advocate’s Library in Edinburgh, where he wrote his famous History of England.

13. Marcel Duchamp: Marcel Duchamp is considered to be one of the most significant and influential modern artists of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Duchamp was born in the Haute-Normandie region in France, where he took drawing and painting classes as a child. In the early 1900s, Duchamp experimented with Cubism, nude works, and was active in the intellectual and artistic groups influencing the newest culture and trends in Paris at the time. Around 1912, Duchamp became tired of painting and worked as a librarian at the Bibliotheque Sainte-Genvieve, during which he devoted his time to math and physics experiments.

14. Lewis Carroll: The author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll’s real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Dodgson grew up in Cheshire and Yorkshire, England, and after graduating from Oxford with a B.A. in mathematics, he became a sub-librarian at Christ Church there. He left that position in 1857 to become a Mathematical Lecturer. Dodgson first told the story of Alice Adventures in Wonderland to the three daughters of the Dean of Christ Church, in 1862. The book was published three years later and continues to be a popular and significant work of fiction today.

15. Beverly Cleary: Popular children’s book author Beverly Cleary wrote the Ramona Quimby books and Henry Higgins books and has received three Newbery Medals. But before she became a celebrated author, Beverly grew up in a tiny town in Oregon, where her mother asked the State Library to send books to their farm. During the Depression, Beverly went to junior college in California and later attended the University of California at Berkeley. She then attended the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle, and became a children’s librarian.

16. Laura Bush: Former First Lady Laura Bush earned her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin after working as an elementary school teacher. As the First Lady of Texas, she supported George W. Bush’s campaigns and started her own public projects regarding education and literacy. When George W. Bush became President of the United States, Laura supported librarian recruitment initiatives and toured many libraries around the world.

17. Madeleine L’Engle: American author Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is still a popular book among junior high students and almost like a rite of passage for young fiction readers. She has won multiple Newbery Medals and other awards, but later in life, she served as the librarian and writer-in-residence at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

18. Marcel Proust: At once one of the most celebrated and obscure novelists and critics of all time, Marcel Proust once decided to go to school to become a librarian. The French writer was born in 1871, and his most famous work, In Search of Lost Time is still studied today.

19. Jorge Luis Borges: Jorge Luis Borges is an Argentine writer who made significant contributions to fantasy literature in the 20th century. He shared the International Publishers’ Formentor Prize with Samuel Beckett and was a municipal librarian from 1939-1946 in Argentina, before getting fired by the Peron regime. One of his most famous short stories, “The Library of Babel,” depicts the universe as a huge library.

20. Joanna Cole: Joanna Cole’s The Magic School Bus series has served to educate and entertain elementary-aged children about the human body, space, and more. She has also worked as a librarian, a schoolteacher, book editor and writer/producer of the BBC children’s TV show Bod.

21. Jacob Grimm: Grimms’ Fairy Tales was first published in 1812, but the stories, including “Hansel and Gretel,” “Cinderella,” and “Snow White,” are still classic children’s stories constantly reinvented as plays, Disney movies and more. Jacob Grimm worked as a librarian in Kasel, after graduating with a law degree. During this time, Jacob and his brother Wilhelm collected German folk tales from ordinary citizens in hopes of uniting area kingdoms on the basis of sharing a similar culture.

22. Philip Larkin: English poet Philip Larkin was born in 1922 in Coventry. He began publishing poems in 1940 and was even offered the Poet Laureateship of England after the death of Sir John Betjeman, but he declined. Besides writing poetry and novels, Larkin worked as an assistant librarian at the University College of Leicester, a librarian at the University of Hull and was elected to the Board of the British Library in 1984, the same year he received an honorary D.Litt. from Oxford.

23. Stanley Kunitz: Stanley Kunitz is a celebrated American poet who was named the United States Poet Laureate in 2000. He has also been awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Levinson Prize, the National Medal of the Arts, and more. Before being named the U.S. Poet Laureate, Kunitz was Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress from 1974-1976.

Nancy Pearl librarian action figure.24. Jessamyn West: Jessamyn West is taking information science into the future with her website, Besides creating the Library 2.0 and “cool librarian” site, West served on the American Library Association Council and strongly promotes the freedom of speech and expression.

25. Nancy Pearl: Nancy Pearl is kind of like a celebrity librarian. She has an action figure and travels around the country giving lectures and spreading the good news of books. She started the trend of city-wide book clubs when she organized the “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book,” program in 1998. She also has a Women’s National Book Association Award, served as Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, and wrote an immensely popular, best-selling book called Book Lust.

6 Ways the Library Helps You

The UI&U Librarians are committed to helping you succeed in your academic program.  We know that juggling life as an adult student is a challenge, and we have compiled a list of ways we can make things easier.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are struggling to use the library or find the resources you need.  We are happy to help and will work around your schedule.

Contact a librarian by email ( or phone (513-487-1487).

Here are 6 Ways the Library Helps You: 1) It’s an online library available from the comfort & convenience of your home. 2) OneSearch allows you to search millions of online resources through a single search. 3) Interlibrary loan is available to request resources not available through the UI&U Library. 4) Articles and ebooks in the library come with formatted APA & MLA citations. Yes! 5) Career and job hunt videos are available to help you write resumes, interview, or polish professional skills 6) We are friendly librarians committed to help you succeed.











Library Quotes & Jokes

Love books and libraries?  We do too!  Here are some library quotes and jokes for your enjoyment.  If you have a funny quote or joke to add to the list, please let us know.

  • Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind. -Richard Powers
  • Be nice to the archivist or she will erase you from history.  -Anonymous
  • Don’t join the book burners.  Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they never existed.  Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book.  -Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Librarians are good for circulation -Anonymous
  • Beauty is only a light switch away. -Graffiti in the Perkins Library of Duke University
  • Should not the Society of Indexers be known as Indexers, Society of, The? -Keith Waterhouse
  • This is a library.  Kids and adventurers welcome.  All others stay out. -Dean Koontz
  • Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. -Anne Herbert
  • My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles.  They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library. -Peter Golkin
  • What building has the most stories? The library!









Find a Little Free Library Near You

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that promotes neighborhood book sharing around the world.  You can start your own Little Free Library by installing and displaying a box where everyone is invited to take a book or leave a book! This promotes community conversations and helps foster reading and literacy.  To find a Little Free Library near you, search their map.

Check out a few of the Little Free Library boxes that we found in our local communities!

Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian, Tina Beis, with a Little Free Library in Cincinnati, Ohio

A Little Free Library in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky found by Mary Amos, Senior Academic Technologist and Designer in the Center for Teaching and Learning

A Little Free Library spotted in Brattleboro, Vermont by Assistant Librarian for Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery, Klara Charlton

Reference Librarian, Susan Whitehead, found this Little Free Library in Montpelier, Vermont

A gnome gives this Little Free Library in Cincinnati some extra flair

There are many different ways to decorate a Little Free Library